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  • 4 August

    Battersea Arts Centre

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    After a War

    (Argentina/Belgium/Croatia/DRC/Egypt/Iran/Lebanon/Switzerland/UK)

    Various international artists

    From the Porter’s mess to the Council Chamber, 20 cutting edge artists from across the globe (chosen by LIFT’s Mark Ball and Forced Entertainment’s Director Tim Etchells) took over the entire building with their moving, surprising, sometimes witty and often startling responses to the First World War and what happened next.

    The audience swapped their tickets for wristbands and stayed as long as they liked to create their own journeys round the extraodinary shows and experiences scheduled throughout the days and evenings.

    Highlights included:

    • Lebanon’s most daring theatre-maker Lucien Bourjeily asked people to redraw the map of the Middle East to see if they could make it work.
    • A drone passed over Battersea’s streets with the installation of James Bridle’s Designs of the Year category winning piece ‘Drone Shadow’.
    • In the attics an immersive sound installation by poets Tom Chivers and James Wilkes put London’s conscientious objectors on trial.
    • Award winning spoken word poet Inua Ellams revealed the untold stories of African soldiers on the Western Front.
    • ATC and the leading writer Nassim Soleimanpour presented a new piece of gaming-inspired theatre using Hamlet to explore the Iran-Iraq war.
    • Stan’s Café lined up thousands of dominoes to show how Archduke Franz Ferdinand’s assassination lead to the start of a world war.

     


    Presented with Battersea Arts Centre and co-commissioned by 14–18 NOW, WW1 Centenary Art Commissions. A House on Fire project, supported
    by the Culture Programme of the European Union and the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund and Arts Council England; in partnership with the British Council and with the support of the Representation of the Government of Flanders in the UK.

    After a War was presented with Battersea Arts Centre and co-commissioned by 14-18 NOW WW1 Centenary Art Commissions. A House on Fire project, supported by the Culture Programme of the European Union and the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund and Arts Council England; in partnership with the British Council and with the support of the Representation of the Governement of Flanders in the UK, the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany, the Swiss Cultural Fund in the UK and Theaterformen.

    Blind Hamlet was made in partnership with the British Council.

    Fuel presented The Long Song Goodbye, commissioned by LIFT

    Veterans was supported by the Embassy of Argentina.

    Sounds Like War was supported by The Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany, Theaterformen and Kaaitheater.

    Third World War was supported by Goethe-Institut London and the Swiss Cultural Fund.

    Statue of Loss was supported by Institut Francais and Theaterformen.

    Winds of Freedom was made in partnership with the British Council.

    Vanishing State was made in partnership with the British Council.

    Landscapes with Skiproads  – Margarita Production, Big in Belgium, Richard Jordan Productions Ltd, Drum Theatre Plymouth, in association with Summerhall. In co-production with Kaaitheater (BE), Stuk (BE), Bit Teatergarasjen (NO), HAU Hebbelteater (DE), Teater Avant Garden (NO), Archa Theatre (CZ). Present pre-Edinburgh previews of: Landscapes with Skiproads. A House On Fire Project, with the support of the Culture Programme of the European Union.  Supported by the Flemish Government and the Flemish Literary Fund was supported by the Representation of the Government of Flanders in the UK.